Demonstrators waved rainbow flags, some looking agitated.
“It’s horrible and inhumane,” said kindergarten assistant Dominika Pandaza. “They’re trying to take people away from all their rights. It will lock some kids in the closet, and they should be given a chance to come out.”
The staunch nationalist Orban has become increasingly radical in his social policy, railing against immigrants and LGBT people in his self-styled liberal regime, which has deeply divided the Central European nation.
The second protest this month after a hiatus of more than a year due to the coronavirus has shown Orban is not without opposition, with six parties banding together to oust him next year.
Orban’s government defined marriage in the constitution as union between a man and a woman and limited same-sex adoption. It also outlawed legal status for transgender people.
Lawmakers from the ruling party said in the amendment, “Some organizations use these workshops to influence the sexual development of children with so-called sensitization programs as part of anti-discrimination campaigns, which seriously affect their physical, mental and moral development can cause harm.”
In an open letter over the weekend, the hater LGBTQ rights group said lawmakers should not vote for the bill on Tuesday, noting that the United Nations has called on Hungary to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ children.
An online petition that declared, “It is bad for politicians to sacrifice the lives of children just to rule public discourse” had garnered more than 83,000 signatures as of Monday.
Opposition Momentum called for a boycott of the parliament vote, saying the law would put the LGBTQ community at risk.
“The Russian template gives us a clear picture of the impact this kind of hate-mongering has on society,” Momentum president Andras Fekete-Gyor said in a statement. “Violence against the LGBTQ community is common there, from officials and compatriots.”